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Puppy nutrition: food for young dogs


Good food is essential for the growth and health of young dogs. Here are a few tips on what the junior four-legged friends need for a healthy start in life and what you should pay attention to when feeding. Puppy nutrition: Types of food for young dogs - Image: Shutterstock / Monika Wisniewska

1. For rearing or supplementing in the first four weeks: puppy milk

In the first three to four weeks of life, you do not need to worry about getting the right puppy food, because during this time the animal children only drink milk. However, if your dog’s mother doesn’t produce enough milk, your vet may advise you to add something. For such cases there is special puppy rearing milk. Between the fourth and the sixth to the seventh week of life, the puppy slowly begins to get used to puppy food.

2. For getting used to: puppy food with warm water

Baby dogs get their milk teeth when they are between three and four weeks old. From then on, you can always provide them with a little wet food for puppies, which you have mixed with warm water in a 1: 1 ratio. They still drink milk at this age, but are slowly starting to switch to the right food. If the puppies tolerate the food well, you can reduce the water content a little over time. It is important that you choose a high quality product. It should have a high energy content and contain all the nutrients the puppy needs.

3. Feed puppies with dry food: what you should pay attention to

If you want to feed your puppy with dry food instead of wet food, you should also pay attention to a few things. In the habituation phase, grind it for the puppies and mix it with water in a ratio of 1: 3. This feed should of course also provide the puppy with all the nutrients he needs and cover his high energy and protein requirements.

4. Puppies of large dog breeds have special needs

Puppies of large, heavy and fast-growing dog breeds such as the Great Dane, the Rhodesian Ridgeback or the Newfoundland have special demands on feeding, because they multiply their body weight at lightning speed. The right nutrients, especially a balanced amount of calcium and phosphorus, ensure that your musculoskeletal system develops well and that it neither grows too fast nor too slowly and does not gain weight. Be sure to get advice from your veterinarian about what food is suitable for your dog and in what quantity.

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